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20610 aspiration versus injection

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    Is it correct to bill 20610 only 1x when an aspiration and injection are done on the same knee if a different needle is used.
    Or should it be billed 20610x2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat Fallon View Post
    Is it correct to bill 20610 only 1x when an aspiration and injection are done on the same knee if a different needle is used.
    Or should it be billed 20610x2.
    I don't think the number of needles effects the units as it can in the shoulder when the AC and GH joints are injected. But I do know you can only capture 1 unit when an aspiration & injection is done on the same site as the code descriptor of 20610 states aspiration and/or injection. As when an injection is done on the knee the solution/drug goes into all 3 compartments. Hope this helps.

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    yes it does actually. That is what I thought but I needed back up to support it, for one of my other billers who questioned me. Thanks so much

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